This month’s assignment for Compassion Bloggers involved playing a game online. Who doesn’t love the challenge of playing a game? My son and I sat down to try out the game on the 58: website. What is 58:? “58: is an unprecedented global alliance of Christians, churches and world-class poverty-fighting organizations working together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime.” Compassion International is one such organization.
We were assigned a woman from India and we were to make the decisions she makes each and everyday. Living off of $1.25 each day, we were presented with a series of choices to make in how to use our money. (My son is seven, so I edited some of the questions that had to do with topics too old for him). The challenge was to make it an entire month on our little income making choices such as: should we pull our son out of school because we couldn’t afford his uniform?, should we eat food that was covered in mold after a recent flood or starve?, should we vaccinate our children? and should we pull our child out of school once a week to walk three hours for clean water or just drink the dirty water close to home?
We only made it to day 17.
My son learned a lot from the game, and frankly so did I. It was eye-opening to the realities faced by real people around the world. Every day parents have to make tough, life or death decisions that I simply don’t have to face.
To be honest, I could not live on $1.25 a day and neither can anyone else.
Yet 1.3 billion people live in poverty around the world. Want to get involved? Learn more about 58: and its mission here. Join Compassion International’s efforts here. And see how you do at living on $1.25 a day by playing Survive 125 here.